7 Best Insect Repellents
We tested the best insect repellents on the market for 2023 and this is how they performed.
We tested the best insect repellents on the market today according to price, weight, packability, and effectiveness. Read on to see how they performed, which is best for you, and receive some valuable buying advice.
Best Insect Repellents
The best insect repellents are:
- Best Overall Insect Repellent: SAWYER 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
- Best Lightweight and Packable Insect Repellent: BEN'S 100 Max Pump Spray
- Best Natural Insect Repellent: REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Mosquito Repellent
- Best Insect Repellent for Clothing & Gear Treatment: SAWYER Permethrin Fabric Treatment
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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